# Problem with spacing of indented columns

I use the paracol package to divide some text in columns. The columns should be indented. For this purpose I use the \addmargin-command of koma-script. This approach indents not only the first column but even the second column.

I want

• "indent - column 1 - normal (yellow) space - column 2"

• "indent - column 1 - indent - column 2"

Look at the following picture. The second indent should be the normal (yellow) indent.

MWE

\documentclass[parskip=full]{scrartcl}

\usepackage{blindtext}

\usepackage{paracol}

\begin{document}

\begin{paracol}{2}
\Blindtext[1]
\switchcolumn
\Blindtext[1]
\end{paracol}

\blindtext[1]\\

\begin{paracol}{2}
\blindtext[1]
\switchcolumn
\blindtext[1]
\end{paracol}

\end{document}

• addmargin is a list environment (like itemize or enumerate) and therefore takes place INSIDE the column. It doesn't actually change the margin. – John Kormylo Jun 4 '16 at 13:47

One can create a 3 column paracol using \setcoumnwidth with the first column acting as a spacer. I didn't have much luck trying to adjust the gaps between columns, so I just included \columnsep in the calculations.

\documentclass[parskip=full,showframe]{scrartcl}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{paracol}

\newlength{\tempwidth}

\begin{document}

\noindent\rule{\textwidth}{1pt}

\tempwidth=\dimexpr \textwidth-2cm-\columnsep\relax
\setcolumnwidth{\dimexpr 2cm-\columnsep\relax,0.5\tempwidth,0.5\tempwidth}
\begin{paracol}{3}
\rlap{\rule{2cm}{1pt}}
\switchcolumn[1]
\blindtext
\switchcolumn[2]
\blindtext
\end{paracol}

\end{document}


• In your solution \tempwidth is equal to \dimexpr \textwidth-2cm-\columnsep\relax, but one line below you write \dimexpr 2cm-\columnsep\relax. Can you explain the difference (minus before 2cm)? – Sr. Schneider Jun 5 '16 at 9:47
• The space before the second column is 2cm, but that includes the intercolumn gap (\columnsep), so the actual width of the first column is 2cm-\columnsep. OTOH, \tempwidth is the remaining space available for the 2 equal columns. (One can compute each column width directly using \dimexpr 0.5\textwidth - 1cm -0.5\columnsep\relax but that is somewhat more confusing.) – John Kormylo Jun 5 '16 at 14:30